The Writers Guild of America, East and West have announced the nominations for outstanding achievement in television writing during the 2003 season. The big animation winner was THE SIMPSONS with three scripts nominated including Matt Selman for "The Dad Who Knew Too Little," J. Stewart Burns for "Moe Baby Blues" and Michael Price for "My Mother The Carjacker." FOX series weren't finished with THE SIMPSONS though. Tony Gama-Lobo and Rebecca May received nods for KING OF THE HILL's "Reborn To Be Wild" and Patric M.
Pixologic's ZBrush 1.5 software received GAME DEVELOPER magazine's sixth annual Front Line Award for Excellence and Innovation in Tools for Game Development. Selected by a panel of industry-leading game developers, ZBrush 1.5 receives this award in the art category based on criteria such as utility, innovation, value and ease of use.
In anticipation of FINDING NEMO's upcoming awards blitz, the Art Directors Guild will honor Pixar's John Lasseter with its coveted honorary Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award at a Feb. 14 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the nominations for its 2004 VES Awards.
VES membership viewing of the nominees and voting will take place on Feb. 7. Winners will be announced at the second annual VES Awards event on Feb.18 at the Hollywood Palladium. The evening will be highlighted by the presentation of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to George Lucas. Making the presentation will be Academy Award-winning director James Cameron.
The nominees are:
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Motion Picture
The BBC has announced the winner of the BBC Talent New Animation Award. The overall winning animation prize went to HOBBIES by Nick Mackie and Pete Avery. As a result, Mackie and Avery will produce a series based on their idea for broadcast on BBC Three. The five remaining finalists included Rich Webber's GOOSEBERRY, Brian Mung's MUNG, Phillip Beglan's THE SISTERS, Adam Crowley's SPAMTON and Brian Demoskoff's WILDFOWL. All the finalists will have their shorts broadcast on BBC Three.
The first Oscars awards of the season have been decided as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced recipients of this years scientific and technical achievement awards to be presented at a gala black tie dinner on the evening of Feb. 14, 2004, at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California.
Digidesign, a leading manufacturer of computer-based digital audio production systems, will receive an Oscar for the creation and development of the Pro Tools digital audio workstation.
As a way of helping ASIFA members make more informed decisions for this year's Annie Awards, AWN has created this reference and resource list for all the nominated properties. Where information was available, we have linked to official websites, including trailers, clips and pictures.
Below is a list of the nominees in alphabetical order, followed by the category they are nominated in and links to further information. If you have any links that should be added, please send them right away to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Jan. 7, 2004, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) announced its 2003 awards, which will be handed out Jan. 26 at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles. Comic book-inspired indie AMERICAN SPLENDOR received top honors as Best Picture of the Year. As well, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini were awarded Best Screenplay for the film they also directed. In animation, TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE garnered Best Animation, in addition to Best Music/ Score for Benoit Charest and Mathieu Chedid.
Academy Award-winning director James Cameron will present the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Visual Effects Society (VES) to George Lucas at the 2004 VES Awards ceremony.
Cameron, acclaimed director of such visual effects powerhouses as TITANIC, ALIENS, THE ABYSS and the first two films of the TERMINATOR trilogy, will be a featured presenter at the second annual VES awards event which will be held at the Hollywood Palladium on Feb. 18, 2004.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to award Douglas Greenfield the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation. The medal will be presented during the Scientific and Technical Awards dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena on Feb. 14, 2004.
Greenfield will receive the Bonner Medal for his longstanding support of and service to the Academy and the motion picture industry.
Peter Jackson (THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING) appears to be the leading contender among the five DGA nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2003. The other nominees, announced by Directors Guild of America President Michael Apted, are: Sophia Coppola (LOST IN TRANSLATION), Clint Eastwood (MYSTIC RIVER), Gary Ross (SEABISCUIT) and Peter Weir (MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD).
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 2003 Annie Awards, which will be held Feb. 7, 2004 in Glendale, California. Leading the features was FINDING NEMO with 12 nods, followed by BROTHER BEAR with eight. International sensations MILLENNIUM ACTRESS and TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE took home four and three nominations respectively.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the seven films being considered for Achievement in Sound Editing for the 76th Academy Awards. Included on the list is FINDING NEMO, which features the work of Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom (TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY) of Skywalker Sound. Rydstrom has worked on all the previous Disney/Pixar features. An animated feature has never won in this category.
The other six films in consideration are:KILL BILL: VOL. 1
Epic Games and Digital Extremes, co-creators of the award-winning Unreal game franchise, along with NVIDIA Corp., Atari Inc., AMD and Alias, announced the first-round winners of the $1M NVIDIA Make Something Unreal mod-making contest (www.makesomethingunreal.com).
Noodlesoup Prods. was amongst the happy winners at the first annual Cineme 2003, garnering Best Animated Television Series Award for its THE VENTURE BROTHERS, produced for the Cartoon Network. During Nov. 6-9, Cineme, Chicagos First International Animation Film Festival, showcased the best of animated cinema from around the world, attracting animation professionals from all genres, including notable giants from the software, hardware and entertainment industries.
Nomination ballots for the 76th Academy Awards were mailed Dec. 29, 2003 to the 5,803 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5:00 pm, Jan. 17, 2004.
All nomination and final award ballots are tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers under the direction of partners Greg Garrison and Rick Rosas, who ensure that all aspects of the balloting process are conducted with fairness and accuracy.
Peter D. Parks, one of the industry's foremost microphotographers, has been voted the Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Oscar statuette will be presented at the Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner on Feb. 14, 2004 at The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.
ASIFA-Hollywood has released the full list of juried award winners for the 2004 Annie Awards. In addition to Gene Deitch who we reported on Dec. 16, 2003 would receive the Winsor McCay Award, the other winners include Walt Disney designer John Hench and Tony the Tiger voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft.
The 61st annual Golden Globe nominations were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press on December 18, 2003. Leading the pack in film nods was COLD MOUNTAIN with eight. For TV, HBO received 20 nods, riding the success of ANGELS IN AMERICA and SEX AND THE CITY.
The Independent Games Festival has announced the finalists in the sixth annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Competition, which will exhibit their games the Game Developers Conference March 24-26, 2004 in San Jose, California. Selected by a panel of game industry professionals, game development teams will compete for more than $40,000 in cash prizes, double the payout from previous years.
The 10 games selected for the "Open" category are (in alphabetical order):ACMI by Selectparks (Richmond, Victoria, Australia)
The board of directors of ASIFA-Hollywood has selected Gene Deitch to be one of the recipients of its prestigious Winsor McCay Award. Each year a Winsor McCay Award is awarded to a maximum of three individuals in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation in producing, directing, animating, design, writing, voice acting, sound and sound effects, technical work, music, professional teaching or for other endeavors which exhibit outstanding contributions to excellence in animation.
The Library of Congress has added 22 new films to the National Film Registry, which includes two animated shorts. The Looney Tunes classic ONE FROGGY NIGHT joins other Warner classics WHATS OPERA, DOC?, PORKY IN WACKYLAND and DUCK AMUCK. In addition, Pixars 1988 short TIN TOY also made the list. The registry, established by Congress in the 1988 National Film Preservation Act, now contains 375 films. For more information or to find a complete list of films in the registry, visit http://www.loc.gov/film.